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2021-2022 Catalog

Environmental Studies (AA)


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This program area is intended to serve students who wish to pursue environmental studies with an emphasis in the social sciences and humanities. The program is grounded in the theoretical framework of environmental studies and the three pillars of sustainability (equity, environmental, and economic) as defined by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. Students will take a 60-credit (minimum) AA program with specific classes chosen from each department. The three pillars of sustainability are represented by courses such as Environmental Ethics (PHI 218 ), Environmental Science (ENV 101 ), and Environmental Economics (ECO 245 ).

The Environmental Studies AA program includes many courses that serve as prerequisites for the BA program in Sustainability Studies (BASS). Students who pursue this AA degree are well-prepared and encouraged to pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies  degree at CMC. Students are also encouraged to consider pursuing the certificate program in Geographic Information Systems  at CMC. Certificate courses apply to elective courses required for the Environmental Studies AA. The program can also prepare students to transfer into four-year environmental studies programs and, based on electives selected, specialize in a specific area of study such as environmental policy, resource economics, environmental anthropology, eco-psychology, environmental history, environmental education, or sustainability studies.

See the section on Scholarships and Awards  for scholarship opportunities related to this program. This program is available at Colorado Mountain College locations in Aspen, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Dillon, Glenwood Springs, Leadville, Rifle, Spring Valley at Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs, and Vail Valley at Edwards. Not every course is offered at every campus, some campuses may require travel between sites or technology enhanced modalities to complete the degree. For more information please see Academic Programs at Colorado Mountain College.

Learn more about the Environmental Studies Program

General Education Requirements (31 credits)


Select a content area to view the course options

Mathematics


Select 1 course (3-5 credits) from content area GT-MA1: Mathematics  

Note: credits over 3 will be applied to electives
 

Arts & Humanities


Select 2 courses (6 credits) from content areas:

GT-AH1: Arts and Expression  
GT-AH2: Literature and Humanities  
GT-AH3: Ways of Thinking  
GT-AH4: World Languages  
 

History


Select 1 course (3 credits) from content area GT-HI1: History  
 

Social & Behavioral Sciences


Select 1 course (3 credits) from content areas:

GT-SS1: Economic or Political Systems  
GT-SS2: Geography  
GT-SS3: Human Behavior, Culture, or Social Frameworks  
 

Natural & Physical Sciences


Select 2 courses (7 credits) from content areas:

GT-SC1: Science Courses with Required Laboratory  
GT-SC2: Science Courses without Required Laboratory  

NOTE: credits over 7 will be applied to electives
 

Arts & Humanities, or Social & Behavioral Sciences


Select 1 additional course (3 credits) from content areas:

GT-AH1: Arts and Expression  
GT-AH2: Literature and Humanities  
GT-AH3: Ways of Thinking  
GT-AH4: World Languages  
GT-SS1: Economic or Political Systems  
GT-SS2: Geography  
GT-SS3: Human Behavior, Culture, or Social Frameworks  
 

Colorado Mountain College Requirements (5 credits)


Colorado Mountain College has the following requirements:

Communication Requirement


Select 1 course (3 credits) from the following:

Wellness Requirement


Select 2 credits from the following:

Electives (3 credits)


  •     Advised Electives  3.0 credits

Choose from courses numbered 100-299 that are Guaranteed Transfer (◆) or General Transfer (✽) in the Course Description section. No PED courses allowed for this requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisor in order to satisfy transfer requirements to specific programs at four-year institutions.

Suggested Elective Courses:

Total Credits Earned


General Education Requirements (31 credits)
Additional Required Courses (22-24 credits)
CMC Requirements (5 credits)
Electives (3 credits)
Total credits toward Associate of Arts: Environmental Studies degree (61 credits)

Note:


State Guaranteed Transfer Course

Applies to CMC AA/AS/AGS Degrees

Not all programs/courses are available at every campus and may require travel to another campus or access via technology-enabled learning (video-conferencing, hybrid, or online).

 

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